Ruthless Juventus hammer Celtic 3-0 in Champions League pre-quarters

The score line was harsh on Celtic, which dominated the first half and most of the second, only to lack a cutting edge to beat Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

updated: February 13, 2013 11:53 IST
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Glasgow: Juventus punished poor defending with some clinical finishing to beat Celtic 3-0 in the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Tuesday, virtually sealing the Italian champions' place in the quarterfinals.

Mistakes by defender Efe Ambrose, who only returned from international duty at the African Nations Cup on the morning of the match, led to goals by Alessandro Matri in the third minute and Mirko Vucinic in the 83rd.

Claudio Marchisio had scored the second goal in the 77th at the end of a flowing team move by the current Serie A leaders, who rode their luck before inflicting Celtic's joint-heaviest home loss in European competition.

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